The Comics Place in Downtown Bellingham, WA has been operating for 36 years. Back in the day, a certain young artist called Erik Larsen used to help out in busy periods. Sadly, he left comic book retail to draw Savage Dragon — he could have had a fine career as a comic book retailer!
And refuting the adage that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, they are now opening a second store, Moon Base Games and Comics in non-downtown Bellingham, Fairhaven, in what is fast becoming a super nerdy alley in their town. The store sits right next to a video game bar/lounge and a game store that’s possibly opening nearby early next year.
The area is being re-dubbed by some (including Moon Base) as Nerdhaven.
We can say it, you can’t… or maybe you can. It’s all in the phonetics.
Of late, Diamond Comic Distributors have been pushing successful stores to open in new locations. It’s considered easier to encourage a store to open again elsewhere than for someone to start from scratch, and Diamond has made special deals for backstock available to stores that take that next step.
Even if you are a 36-year-old store, there’s always a possibility to do similar!
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